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Preparing for Surgery

Questions to Ask

Questions to our medial team are encouraged by both the patient and family. You may want to ask your doctor or surgeon these questions days, or even weeks, beforehand so you and your child can have all the answers you need. If you cannot find answers to your questions, please call our Day Surgery nursing staff who will refer you to an anesthesiologist who can answer your questions by phone, or in consultation.

  • Am I allowed to be with my child before surgery? If so, for how long?
  • Am I allowed to be with my child while the anesthesia is being given?
  • What kind of anesthesia will my child be given?
  • How will the anesthesia be administered — with an injection, through an IV, or with a breathing mask or tube in the throat?
  • Will my child be sedated before the anesthesia is given?
  • Approximately how long will the surgery take?
  • Will my child still have an IV in or be hooked up to any monitors or equipment after the surgery is over?
  • How long will it take my child to fully wake up from general anesthesia or feel the area if local or regional anesthesia was used?
  • Will my child feel pain and/or discomfort (such as nausea or vomiting) after surgery? If so, how long will it last and what can be done about it?
  • How soon after the surgery can I see my child?
  • How soon after the surgery can my child eat, drink, go to school, or drive [if you have a teen]?
  • How soon after the surgery can my child come home?
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